The warm days are behind us, and the fun associated with the Halloween party is tiptoeing out the door. A few pumpkins remain from this mid-autumn period and stand guard on the squares.
What’s on the menu for November, apart from the darkness that now arrives as early as 4 p.m.? Follow our guide to find out.
11 things to do in Quebec in November 2023
Prepare your list
First, for the points hunters that we are, let’s get our shopping list ready in November. This is in view of the numerous promotions that will appear on theAIR MILES and AÉROPLAN portals during Black Friday and Cyber Monday . These two events will take place on November 24 and 27, 2023 respectively.
So let’s get ready to receive the points and miles generated by multipliers on these most lucrative days of the year. And make sure, with a list, you don’t create needs.
Rent a cottage or a yurt
Didn’t manage to book a cottage, rustic camp or yurt in SEPAQ’s parks last summer? Never mind, there are places available in November. Get off the beaten track, wear the right clothes for the season and spend a weekend in Oka, Bic, Yamaska, Monts-Vallins or Mont Mégantic national parks, to name but a few.
The booking calendar shows which sites are closed for the season, which ones are already booked and which ones are available.
If you’d like to take your adventure a step further, there’s this eco-responsible floating hotel in the bay of Lac St-François. A recycled container with solar panels, heated floors and a private terrace with a gas fireplace. Are you interested?
A lesser-known activity (in fact, I had no idea it existed) is popcorn picking, which will take place until November 19, 2023 on weekends at the Quinn farm in Notre-Dame-de-l’Île-Perrot, 20 minutes from Montreal.
This farm also offers photo sessions in the Christmas tree plantation, starting November 24, 2023, and tours of the animal barn. Reservations required.
Stroll through the city's exhibitions
In Montreal, Notre-Dame de Paris, l’Exposition Augmentéewill be in the spotlight from November 3, 2023. An opportunity to delve into the history of the famous cathedral, which is currently being renovated. Equipped with HistoPad tablets, visitors are invited to scan the “21 Portes du Temps” at the Arsenal contemporary art center.
In Quebec City, the Centre de foires will host the Salon national de la femme on November 18 and 19, 2023. On the menu: fashion shows, beauty tips, cooking demonstrations and travel ideas.
Take part in an adventure game
Here’s an original way to take a breath of fresh air with family and friends with Le Link, adventure games .
Using a mobile app and our GPS position, this game invites us on a treasure hunt in one of Quebec’s 27 sub-mentioned cities.
The hunt takes place in the parks and pedestrian zones of :
Beloeil, Cap-Rouge, Châteauguay, Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Drummondville, Gatineau, Granby, La Prairie, Laval, Lévis, Longueuil, Magog, Montréal, Mont-Saint-Hilaire, Québec, Repentigny, Saint-Eustache. Saint-Jérôme, Saint-Hyacinthe, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu. Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Sainte-Catherine, Sherbrooke, Terrebonne, Trois-Rivières and Vaudreuil.
A dozen scenarios invite participants to solve the plots while encouraging active travel.
Celebrating Aboriginal culture
In Quebec City, from November 16 to 19, 2023, the First Nations Book Fair will feature shows, poetry lunches, youth activities and more. A great opportunity to deepen our knowledge and forge links with these communities.
And still in the Quebec City area, why not make an afternoon stop at the traditional Huron-Wendake site? Huron-Wendake. On the menu: craft-making workshops, guided tours (longhouse, smokehouse, sweat lodge), shows, tales and legends, tomahawk throwing (for adults), meals, etc. Reservations for guided tours are compulsory. By night, take part in the Onwha’ Lumina experience, immersing you in an enchanted nocturnal journey inspired by the great Huron-Wendat Nation.
Extending the season of Bacchus
Who says vineyard tours and tastings end at Thanksgiving? With reservations, winegrowers open their doors again this November. Examples include:
As for La Grande Dégustation, it will take place from November 19 to 21, 2023 in Montreal. 250 producers will be on hand to help you discover 1,500 products from some twenty countries.
Enjoy the film festivals
When the weather’s grey and chilly, what better way to enjoy a good film than in a cinema?
Described as a highly sympathetic event, theFestival du cinéma international en Abitibi-Témiscamingue runs from October 28 to November 2, 2023. You’ll be able to view nearly a hundred cinematographic works, including 63 short and medium-length films, 19 feature films and two short series, from 21 countries.
Montreal will follow suit with its CINEMANIAfrom November 1 to 12, 2023. Founded in 1995, it brings together some sixty feature-length fiction films each year, as well as documentaries and shorts. You can see these works in several theaters, including Cinéma Impérial and Espace Saint-Denis.
Try a cooking workshop
Get together with friends or family to learn how to make bagels, cocktails, tapas or a world cuisine meal.
Do you prefer having the chef at home? Transform yourself into a sommelier for a day, or opt for a family pastry class? Workshops lasting 3 to 6 hours, either face-to-face or online, cost between $50 and $250.
Here are five good addresses. Hurry, some prices are flying out the window!
Fun at the Toy Parade
TheToy Parade will be back! The 22nd edition will take place on the afternoon of November 11, 2023, starting at 2:30 p.m. in the streets of Charlesbourg. The event kicks off Quebec City‘s holiday festivities.
Thousands of children are expected to see Santa Claus and his elves. As part of the parade, food and toy donations will be collected and distributed to many local families.
Where to go walking in Quebec?
Among the destinations not to be missed, let yourself be seduced by the charm of Old Quebec. The Château Frontenac, atop Cap Diamant, is the neighborhood’s landmark. The Dufferin Terrace offers a breathtaking view of the St. Lawrence River.
Which activity is best in November?
Before winter sets in, take to the hiking trails. The Société des établissements de plein air du Québec (Sépaq) offers over 200 circuits of varying degrees of difficulty for the whole family.